Playing in Traffic

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Overview

I WAS THE GHOST OF THE SCHOOL CORRIDORS.
SKYE WAS THE DEVIL.
AND I WAS DOOMED FROM THE DAY SHE SPOKE TO ME

Skye Colby? She's the multi-pierced, multi-tattooed girl hanging around the cybercafés, always out at odd hours in marginal places. The jocks call her "slut puppy," the bland blondes in the plaid miniskirts wrinkle their noses at her, the teachers think she's brilliant, ...

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Overview

I WAS THE GHOST OF THE SCHOOL CORRIDORS.
SKYE WAS THE DEVIL.
AND I WAS DOOMED FROM THE DAY SHE SPOKE TO ME

Skye Colby? She's the multi-pierced, multi-tattooed girl hanging around the cybercafés, always out at odd hours in marginal places. The jocks call her "slut puppy," the bland blondes in the plaid miniskirts wrinkle their noses at her, the teachers think she's brilliant, and the counselors call her unstable.

She's all of those things. So why has she singled out Matt Lathrop, an almost invisible nobody, for special attention? Clearly her agenda is dangerous, and clearly Matt should walk away. But how? Skye means mystery; she trails drama in her goth wake. Skye signals an end to his dreary existence — but at what price?

Shy and unremarkable, seventeen-year-old Matt Lathrop is surprised and flattered to find himself singled out for the sexual attentions of the alluring Skye Colbly, until he discovers the evil purpose behind her actions.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Readers will find themselves racing to the finish."
Publishers Weekly

"Giles simply allows her story to unfold without trying to shock and, in doing so, makes her final shock all the more effective."
Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Matt, 17, gets involved with the class "Gothgirl," who is anything but, in what PW called a "suspenseful, psychologically gripping novel. Readers will find themselves racing to the finish." Ages 12-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Matt Lathrop, a quintessential, self-described seventeen-year-old "nobody" who can be found in any high school, cannot figure out why the sexy, unstable Gothgirl Skye Colby has made him the target of her attention. That she only wants to be with him when no one else is around makes him suspicious, but he allows himself to be drawn into her games anyway. He fails to realize the dangerous reason for her actions until it is almost too late, when disaster threatens to affect not only him but also his innocent younger sister, Katy, to whom he is very close. He has also been keeping a secret from Katy, a secret that, once revealed, threatens to change their relationship forever. The violent ending shocks yet is a logical outcome for a seeming no-way-out problem. Written by the award-winning author of Shattering Glass, this psychological thriller keeps readers guessing and does not let them look away at the end. An intense read, the book is not for everyone but its gripping narrative keeps readers turning the pages. 2004, A Deborah Brodie Book/Roaring Brook Press, Ages 15 up.
—Valerie O. Patterson
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Weird Goth-girl Skye has singled out Matt for attention. He's not sure why, since he's always tried his best to remain anonymous. He agrees to meet with her secretly and likes the excitement she adds to his life. When Skye claims that her stepfather abuses her and that her stepsister suffers from Down's syndrome, Matt feels compelled to "save" her. When another student warns him that Skye is not what she seems, Matt notices inconsistencies in her version of events and begins to question why she lures him to her parents' beach house for intimacy. The characterization and teen dialogue are mostly on target, with the exception of the remarkable maturity of Matt's 13-year-old sister. His self-questioning and paralysis when under stress will sound familiar to teens but the conclusion is disappointing. There are way too many loose ends, and Skye's sinister over-the-top demands detract from the character study of a quiet young man and a deeply disturbed girl.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An intelligent, mature, but repressed high-school senior puts himself into increasing danger through his romance with a disturbed girl in this realistic and hard-hitting story. Matt deliberately fades into the background socially, looking forward only to college when Skye, a girl in the Goth culture complete with sex, drugs, and rock and roll, chooses him for herself. With family problems of his own, enticed by the lure of excitement and especially of sex, Matt finds Skye impossible to resist, although he eventually realizes that she's only using him in her attempt to commit a terrible crime. Written in short segments that will appeal to reluctant readers, this in-depth exploration of adolescent psychology highlights the real danger often involved in alternative lifestyles. Giles simply allows her story to unfold without trying to shock and, in doing so, makes her final shock all the more effective. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416909262
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 464,363
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Giles has written two other acclaimed YA novels: Shattering Glass and Dead Girls Don't Write Letters. A native Texan, Gail has lived in Chicago and Alaska. She is now living back in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and three cats.

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"I was the ghost of school corridors.

Skye was the devil.

And I was doomed from the day she spoke to me."

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2009

    eh...

    The plot was pretty good, but the end was a little too wierd for me. Im more of a happy ending person and the ending wasnt exactly depressing but it was messed up, i guess you could say. For those who like disturbing endings, you'll probably like this. I however did not enjoy it at all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2007

    A Good Book

    This story was a great, interesting read. Although I had wished there to be a bit more a the end. ex. Does Matt ever reconcile with his 'Sister' ?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended! GO GET IT NOW!

    Playing in Traffic was a very climatic book. This book is deffinently for the older crowds. It is graphic and has all that drug/sex/violence mumbo jumbo. This book keeps you reading till the end, It was a great plot that will keep you guessing, not knowing what is coming up next. The ending is a shocker that will surprise everyone. I HIGHLY recommend this book, if you like a realistic life scenario that portrays teenage life to its fullist then this book it for you.
    So the question now is, are YOU ready for a awesome read? Yes? THEN GO GET THIS BOOK.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    unforgettable

    When i first picked this book up in my school library, i wasnt sure what to expect..i always read the first few pages, and with this book i never put it down..litterally. It took me about a day to read the whole thing, I was so into it, and it was edgy,and real. It should be made into a movie.

    Ive read alot of books in my day..but this one has to be in my top 10 favorite books ever..

    i love books with twists at the end..and this one is what makes the book so unforgettable..

    its truely amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2008

    AWESOME!

    Plating In Traffic is honestly a really good book to read and even to reread. The characters are very interesting in many ways. A must read for young adults!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2008

    Great Book! ****

    Matt is a shy boy who isn't known for getting himself caught into trouble. That is until he is "picked out" by a disturbed girl named Skye. Matt is lured in by her charm, problems and sex. Their relationship isn't to be open to the public because of a sturr it would cause but one person finds out and tries to warn Matt about how Skye really is. Does he chose to listen to this person and confront Skye or does he continue to get caught up in her messy life?<BR/><BR/>Being from the age group captured in this book i found the story very realistic. Gail Giles captures the readers attention by putting to very different people together. The ending was a little abrupt though. It was almost like the story wasn't finished. Still, this was a great book, especially for teenage readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    I couldn't put this book down! It deserves a lot more attention than it gets. I read this book in one day and im a SLOW reader. It took me about 5 months to read the goblet of fire. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes exciting novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    Pretty Good

    Playing in Traffic is a great book with an intense plot line and serious issues. Disappointing endding though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2006

    Shocking

    I love this book, it kept me turning the pages. I understood everything and it was well written. Plus, the end of the book made me shout out'No Way'. I would recomend this to everyone who likes mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    I couldnt take my eyes off it!

    Well this book was amzing. I loved it. Matt was an amazing character something about him maid me feel like he really cared for everything. I loved the fact that he loved his sister Katy no matter what. The ending was very good. I really want to find out what will happan next in the book. I still dont understand why Skye did such thing to Matt? Well I think you should read the book and see for yourself because everyones oppinion is different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    AMAZING

    I THOUGHT THE BOOK WAS GREAT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    Um, quite terrible

    Wow. This book was absolutely horrible, and I can't believe I wasted my time reading it! I was drawn in by a 'gothic' character. Be not decieved! The main female character, Skye, suddenly begins to pay attention to matt, the male protagonist, to get him to murder her parents...it's been done before, and better than this! Rather than work on creating a dynamic, changing relationship bewteen his two characters, the author simply starts them off having sex. It spirals down from there. Giles mixes 'goth' stereotypes with what is apparently his memories of the school whore- Skye is a cutter (though she just appears to randomly cut herself), Skye wears duct tape instead of clothing, etc., etc. Also, Giles wrote about a rave based on a second-hand account...heh. Silly man. Really, this book is not worth bothering about.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2005

    Disappointing

    This book was about a 17-year-old named Matt who kept to himself and remained invisible like a 'ghost in the corridors.' Then Skye Colby 'picks him out' and starts giving him attention. They meet secretly at nights and pay no notice to each other at school. After finding out further secrets about Skye from a popular girl, Matt finally decides to ditch Skye but is forced to do something horrible or else something will happen to his sister. I loved the book except for the ending. It was still a mystery to me as to what happened but other than that, the book was a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2005

    What is she really thinking

    This book is about a shy boy who doesnt really talk to anyone, keeps everything to himself. Until Skye lures him into her web of deceit, confusion, and sex. The crazy part is someone dies, but who her sister, her mom, her dad? You'll just have to read the book to see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    This book makes me re-think life...

    This book blew my mind. It starts out slow and then gains a pace that never stops till the insain ending. The way the author brings Syke into my life it made me think. I love the character of Matt. As i was reading the book i decided to read the last page. The last page made me want to finish the book. I stayed up and finished the book in oen night because it was so good.

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